How Can I Participate or Enroll in a Clinical Trial?

Volunteering for medical research or clinical trials is an excellent way to help doctors and other health care professionals investigate the safety and effectiveness of new treatments or prescription medications.  Carefully conducted clinical trials are the fastest and safest way to find treatments that work in people and potentially improve health.

Clinical research is usually designed to evaluate a drug, biologic or device in human subjects with the intent to discover potential beneficial effects and/or determine its safety and efficacy. Volunteers for drug trials are likely to get involved in one of four types of clinical trials:

  • Phase 1 trials are primarily designed to determine a drug's toxicity, and are limited to a small group of volunteers (typically <50),
  • A Phase 2 clinical trial is designed to test efficacy and safety of a drug in a larger but limited number of volunteers (100's) that have a particular disease or condition,
  • Phase 3 is for clinical drug trials designed to compare or determine additional evidence of efficacy in a larger group of people (1000's). It is usually the final phase of testing prior to FDA approval of an investigational drug, and
  • A Phase 4 trial is a post-marketing study of an FDA-approved drug focusing on the incidence of specific adverse reactions or long-term effects of the drug on morbidity and mortality.

The following three steps can help guide you towards clinical trials of interest:

Step 1- Understand Clinical Trails
The following webpages provide detailed information about clinical trials. In addition, it is often helpful to talk to your doctor, family members or friends about your decision to join a trial.
Becoming a Research Volunteer- It's Your Decision!
Frequently Asked Questions
Glossary of Clinical Trial Terms


Step 2- Identify Trial Options
Find out if you are eligible to participate by searching for a clinical trial through our active clinical trial listings.
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Step 3- Contact Research Staff
Once you have identified a clinical trial that you are interested in contact the research staff listed for additional questions.